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Thursday’s Daily Mirror threw up the tantalising prospect of Diego Forlan's return to the Premier League in January.
A report under the byline of Mirror Football stated: “West Ham are poised to make a surprise move for former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan when the transfer window reopens in January.”
This report certainly caught the eye, given Forlan’s record as a goalscorer and the Hammers’ lack of potency in front of goal so far this season.
With Andy Carroll remaining on the sidelines, West Ham are lacking a leader in front of goal and the Mirror’s piece states manager Sam Allardyce is “desperate to strengthen his forward line.”
With just nine goals in the league so far this season, “desperate” is not a bad word to sum-up the Hammers plight.
Unlike a number of Premier League managers, Allardyce does not have a bottomless pit of money at his disposal. As such he will need to operate at a level below the cream of the crop, which is likely to feature young players of potential, or proven veterans.
Forlan falls into the latter category. At 34, Forlan has had spells with Manchester United, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, among other clubs. It was only really with United, from 2001 to 2004, that he struggled in front of goal.
It could be viewed that he has unfinished business in the Premier League.
Forlan is on the books of Brazilian side Internacional, but he has been struggling for regular playing time.
He is also a squad player for Uruguay, which is no real surprise given national coach Oscar Tabarez has Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at his disposal.
Despite his lack of playing time, Forlan is, injury notwithstanding, guaranteed a place in the squad for the World Cup. As such, it would not be viewed a gamble were he to head for pastures new in January.
In a recent interview, picked up by Sky Sports, Forlan spoke of his desire to play on until he is 40.
I want to make clear that I don't have retirement in mind from football, from my current team and from the Uruguayan national team.
I dream to play until the age of 40, similar to the way my father did. I am going to try and reach that objective.
A six-year deal is not going to be on the table at West Ham, but he could easily pick up an 18-month commitment.
Allardyce is no stranger to picking up star names many felt were on the wane and giving them a new lease of life, think Youri Djorkaeff and Jay Jay Okocha while he was at Bolton, so Forlan could be an option.
It is unlikely Internacional would demand a large fee for his services, which could make it a gamble worth taking for the Hammers:
Believability Factor: Medium to High
With West Ham in need of goals and Forlan seeking to revive his career, a January move from Uruguay to East London is not as ridiculous as it sounds.